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Last word

A week ago to the day Tuesday 11 November with the nightlife of Guadeloupe in full swing on the Place de la Victoire in Pointe-à-Pitre, Sébastien Josse crossed the finish line of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. The skipper of Gitana Team secured 3rd place, completing the podium for the 10th edition after a particularly intense 8 days, 14 hours, 47 minutes and 9 seconds at sea. At the helm of the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild the Tom Thumb of the Ultime class the solo sailor pulled...

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11 November
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Review of the past 8 days crossing the Atlantic

On crossing the finish line of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe in third position, on Tuesday 11 November at 03:47:09 GMT, Sébastien Josse has entered the major league in terms of epic multihull sailors. At the helm of the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild, a 21-metre trimaran initially designed to be sailed in crewed configuration, he completes the podium for the 2014 edition, in the wake of Loïck Peyron (Banque Populaire VII) and Yann Guichard (Spindrfit 2). For his first participation in...

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11 November
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Sébastien Josse and Edmond de Rothschild 3rd in the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe

Before setting sail from Saint Malo, France on 2 November, Sébastien Josse reckoned that coming fourth in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe would already be a very fine result and a sure sign that he had been able to make the very best of his steed's potential against the giants of the Ultime class. However, the skipper of the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild has done a lot better than that! Pulling off a race start that enlightened observers described as staggering, the Nice-based sailor managed to stand...

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10 November
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Arrival tonight for Sébastien Josse and Edmond de Rothschild

At the 1000 GMT position report this Monday 10 November, Sébastien Josse was still lying in third place some 250 miles from Pointe-à-Pitre, 250 miles from completing his first solo transatlantic aboard a multihull. For his final night at sea in the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe, the skipper of the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild has spared no effort in maintaining his lead over his rivals; efforts which appear to be paying off since Oman Sail is in fourth position, 82.3 miles astern whilst...

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09 November
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The home straight

The final sprint to the Antilles arc is on! Since yesterday, Sébastien Josse has been ticking off the miles at a fair old lick 517 miles covered in 24 hours closing on Lionel Lemonchois to finally snatch 3rd place at the 1000 GMT position report. Yet another hierarchy then, but it shouldn't be taken to seriously as the latest forecasts indicate that the skipper of Prince de Bretagne, positioned to the west and hence directly in line for the finish, will be better located for the home straight....

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08 November
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Tradewind waltz

As the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe fleet launches into its seventh day of racing the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild is positioned some 1,200 miles from Pointe-à-Pitre, where the finish will be judged. On the approach to butterfly island', the strategy will likely be different, but for the time being, Sébastien Josse is making every effort to sail his own race, carving out a course without worrying too much about what his adversaries are up to around him. Indeed the aim is to be fully focused...

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07 November
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Edmond de Rothschild over midway

After setting out from Saint Malo last Sunday at 1400 hours local time, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild crossed the symbolic midway point in the race, which equates to nearly 1,771 miles covered along the great circle route (direct route), this Friday morning shortly after 0700 GMT. According to the initial estimates of his routers Jean-Yves Bernot et Antoine Koch some four days of sea still lie ahead of the bows of the trimaran fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild before making Guadeloupe....

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06 November
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Hunting down the tradewinds

Not all those competing in the Ultime category are in the same playing field. Though technically speaking this has been the case since Saint Malo, as it is an Open class with some boats up to double the length of others, yesterday's performances were essentially linked to the weather. Indeed, a zone of light winds caused by the Azores High stretching out to the south-east has reshuffled the cards after the passage of Madeira. Solely the leader - Banque Populaire VII-, benefiting from its position...

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05 November
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Braking before the tradewinds

After setting sail from Saint Malo on Sunday at 1400 hours local time, the seven Ultimes still competing - Sodebo Ultim' having had to retire following a collision with a cargo ship left Madeira abeam of them last night. The passage around the Portuguese archipelago also marked a change of pace for the fleet, which had been manhandled by two and half days of particularly intense breeze. With the exception of the leader, Banque Populaire VII, which is making the most of its lead and its position...

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04 November
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Madeira in the line of sight

The first forty-eight hours of racing in this Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe have been in line with the weather forecasts: namely full-on and wet. Whether it was in the English Channel, during their negotiation of the Bay of Biscay or, more recently, on rounding Cape Finisterre and heading along the Portuguese coast, the solo sailors have had to contend with strong winds and a particularly difficult sea for man and machine alike. However, the exit door isn't very far away now, which Sébastien...

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04 November
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Iberian rodeo

As the solo sailors link onto their third day of racing this afternoon, the fatigue is naturally palpable aboard the maxis in the Ultime class. This is heightened by the fact that, like the first, this second night at sea has put just as much pressure on the organisms as the machines. Indeed, between dealing with the TSS (Traffic Separation System) at Cape Finisterre and steering on a reach in a particularly shifty wind, oscillating between 30 and 40 knots, those leading the way in this Route du...

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03 November
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Already at Cape Finisterre

The queen of the solo transatlantic races has not been gentle with its ninety-one pretenders to victory. Indeed the weather conditions encountered by the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe fleet over these first 24 hours of racing have been in line with the forecasts gleaned prior to the boats leaving Saint Malo. This equates to the negotiation of a very active front a few hours after the start, with 30 to 35 knots of breeze combined with steep and difficult seas. Aboard the Multi70 Edmond de...

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03 November
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Sébastien Josse at the front of the pack

After leaving Saint Malo yesterday at 1400 hours, the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe fleet have had to ride out a trying first night at sea. Indeed, as forecast by the meteorologists, the ninety-one competing solo sailors had to negotiate the passage of a very active front, which saw the wind pick up to 35 knots with 45 knots recorded in the gusts aboard the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild picking up difficult, heavy seas. These boisterous conditions severely tested both the men and the machines...

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02 November
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The 10th Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe has set sail

Respecting the schedule to the letter, it was at exactly 1400 hours that the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe set sail. Setting off close-hauled, the ninety-one solo sailors had to contend with a south-westerly wind of fifteen knots or so, picking up to 25 knots in the squalls dotted along the route towards Cap Fréhel some 18 miles down the track. Escorted by members of Gitana Team, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild rounded this course mark in fifth place before making towards the exit from...

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02 November
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A final word before the Route

It's time! 1400 hours on the dot this Sunday will see the start of the 10th Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. This morning, on linking back up with the members of Gitana Team, the skipper was focused but calm and confident and shared his feelings with us prior to heading out to the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild, which had been moored off Dinard since yesterday evening.

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01 November
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Lock time

With 24 hours to go until start day, this Sunday offshore of the Pointe du Grouin, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild will leave Bassin Vauban today via Le Naye to make for her trot mooring offshore of Dinard, where she'll spend the night.

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31 October
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Weather, a boisterous start to the race

The scene is set! With some 48 hours until the start of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, the weather forecasts are becoming more refined and the general outline of what is to come is gradually taking shape for this 10th edition. And whilst the summer doesn't seem to want to leave us at the moment, the Route du Rhum is sure to have an autumnal feel. The race start, or the first 72 hours at least, promises to be boisterous and the ninety-one solo sailors will only have a very short amount...

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30 October
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Sébastien Josse's objectives and aims 72 hours from the start

The Route du Rhum is a legendary race, which Sébastien Josse and the Gitana Team had no intention of following on their computer screens just because they didn't have the winning steed. Indeed, measuring some 21 metres in length with a maximum sail area of 400m2, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild is the Tom Thumb' of the XXL fleet. Based on numbers alone, the trimaran fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild won't be setting sail on Sunday as one of the natural pretenders to victory. That said...

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29 October
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For a star-studded transatlantic race

Aboard the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild it's all about adjustments: adjustment of the sails, adjustment of the automatic pilot, as well as adjustment of the skipper. For Sébastien Josse, this adjustment is not about blocks or lines, but rather having a balanced, nutritious diet, which has to be both practical and comforting. Thanks to the complicity and talent of Julien Gatillon the Michelin-starred chef of the 1920 (Domaine du Mont d'Arbois, Megève), the skipper of the Gitana Team will be able...

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27 October
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Edmond de Rothschild 6 days from the off

Entering the lock is synonymous with entering into the race! exclaims Sébastien Josse. In the early hours of last Friday, following on from an express delivery trip between Lorient and Saint Malo that took a matter of hours, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild made her entrance into the Bassin Vauban. Whilst the effervescence of this major race start is palpable along the ramparts of the corsair city, the trimaran fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild sits patiently, safely tied to the dock, ready...

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25 September
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Edmond de Rothschild a month away from the Saint Malo meet!

In just one month's time, in line with the sailing instructions, which call for competitors to arrive in Saint Malo by 24 October at the latest, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild will be moored in Bassin Vauban. There the trimaran fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild will sit until 1 November, at which point she'll leave the pontoons of the corsair city to spend a few hours lying at anchor prior to the race start on 2 November at 1400 hours. However, on this the 25 September, the day of the...

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18 August
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Sébastien Josse qualified for the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe

With two and a half months to go until the start of the Route du Rhum, the countdown is on for the solo sailors who will be setting sail on the famous transatlantic race between Saint Malo in France and Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. Sébastien Josse set himself a target of 15 August to validate his qualification for the event; a schedule which he has respected to the letter. Indeed late Friday, after a little over 50 hours at sea and having covered 1,000 miles, the skipper of the Multi70 Edmond...

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02 July
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In Gitana's wake, July 2014 discover the 4th episode

With four months to go till the start of the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe and despite the upcoming summer holidays, the atmosphere remains more studious than ever within Gitana Team. Relaunched mid-May, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild has been performing a series of sea trials offshore of her Lorient base to ensure she is all ready in early November in St Malo. Her skipper, Sébastien Josse, is making the most of every opportunity that comes his way to rack up some miles in solo configuration,...

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12 May
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The Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild in her Rhum configuration

Gitana Team's week couldn't have got off to a better start. Indeed this Monday 12 May marks the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild's refit completion and her return to the liquid element. With this same trimaran, Sébastien Josse will take the start of the Route du Rhum in a little less than six months, on 2 November 2014. Up against the giants of the Ultimate Class, the boat fitted out by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild will be one of the smallest trimarans of her category and the challenge promises to be...

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